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Kenton W Gregory

Kenton Gregory, Ph.D., is an internationally accomplished physician-bioengineer, whose landmark research breakthroughs include the development of lifesaving medical products for troops in the battlefield.

As director of the Center for Regenerative Medicine, Dr. Gregory directs efforts to advance autologous stem cell treatments to safely regenerate hearts damaged by heart attacks and cardiomyopathies that cause heart failure. He has advanced pioneering work to regenerate arms and legs severely damaged from battlefield blast injuries—work that could easily be translated to civilian extremity injuries to accelerate and improve healing. He is also directing efforts to regenerate skin after burn injuries, lung tissue after acute lung injury and prevent paralysis after nerve and spinal cord injuries.

Dr. Gregory received his undergraduate degree in engineering and doctorate in medicine from the University of Southern California. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine and held a fellowship in cardiology at the Wadsworth Veterans Administration Hospital in Los Angeles. He completed an additional research fellowship in cardiology at the Irvine Medical Center in Orange, California. Dr. Gregory has held teaching positions at the University of California, Irvine Medical School, and Harvard University School of Medicine, and served as staff cardiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Gregory holds over 20 domestic and international patents, has served as principal investigator on five FDA-sponsored clinical trials, and has received more than $50 million in grants. Among his many accomplishments, Gregory has launched seven spin-off companies since 1991—three headquartered in Oregon.

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Areas of interest

  • Interventional Cardiology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Adult Stem & Progenitor Cell Therapy
  • Battlefield Medicine
  • Nerve & Spinal Cord Injury
  • Biomaterials


  • M.D., University of Southern California, Los Angeles California 1980
  • Residency:

    • Internal medicine, Wadsworth Veterans Administration Hospital, Los Angeles, California
  • Fellowship:

    • Cardiology, Wadsworth Veterans Administration Hospital, Los Angeles, California


  • "Intraluminal laser atherectomy with ultrasound and electromagnetic guidance"   1991
  • "Hemostasis after partial hepatectomy using argon beam coagulation and a concentrated albumin"   2002
  • "The effects of in vitro target compression modulus on laser thrombolytic ablation rate"   2002
  • "Vascular anastomosis using a pulsed diode laser"   2002
  • "Optimal dye concentration and irradiance for laser-assisted vascular anastomosis" Photomedicine and Laser Surgery April 2004
  • "Liver repair and hemorrhage control using laser soldering of liquid albumin in a porcine model"   2000
  • "Laser-assisted vascular end to end anastomosis of elastin heterograft to carotid artery with an albumin stent" Lasers in Surgery and Medicine  2004
  • "Biocompatibility of a xenogenic elastin-based biomaterial in a murine implantation model" Journal of Biomedical Materials Research - Part B Applied Biomaterials April 1 2004
  • "Exhaustive expansion" Journal of Translational Medicine October 30 2010
  • "Different outcomes in urethral reconstruction using elastin and collagen patches and conduits in rabbits" Journal of Biomedical Materials Research - Part B Applied Biomaterials April 2007
  • "Rapid assay of stem cell functionality and potency using electric cell-substrate impedance sensing" Stem Cell Research and Therapy December 1 2015
  • "Liquid Core Light Guide for Laser Angioplasty" IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics  1990
  • "Laser welding of biomaterials stained with indocyanine green to tissues"   1997
  • "Differential ablation of arterial wall components with a pulsed CO2 laser" Surgical Forum  1988
  • "Treatment of vasospasm with a 480-nm pulsed-dye laser" Journal of Neurosurgery  1991
  • "Laser-assisted end-to-end vascular anastomosis of elastin heterograft to carotid artery with an albumin stent in vivo" Photomedicine and Laser Surgery August 2004
  • "Optical coherence tomography" Science January 1 1991
  • "A novel sponge-based wound stasis dressing to treat lethal noncompressible hemorrhage" Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery August 2012
  • "Hemostasis after Liver Resection Improves after Single Application of Albumin and Argon Beam Coagulation" Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery  2010
  • "Characterization of an in vitro Laser thrombolysis model"   2001
  • "Cardiovascular photonics" Journal of Biomedical Optics March 2006
  • "Photochemotherapy of intimal hyperplasia using Psoralen activated by uv light in porcine model"   1996
  • "Prevention of bioprosthetic porcine and pericardial valve failure and improved patient survival using HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors"   2004
  • "Successful repair of esophageal injury using elastin based biomaterial patch" ASAIO Journal March 2000
  • "OCT-guided TMR"   2000
  • "Application of the 1-μsec pulsed-dye laser to the treatment of experimental cerebral vasospasm" Journal of Neurosurgery  1991
  • "Thrombo-atherectomy" Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions  2002
  • "Use of a new elastin patch and glue for repair of a major duodenal injury" ASAIO Journal July 2000
  • "Laser thrombolysis in an in vitro model"   2000
  • "Concentrated albumin as a biological glue for hemorrhage control on hepatic resection with argon beam coagulation" Journal of Biomedical Materials Research - Part B Applied Biomaterials October 15 2004

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